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#1 Daniel Miler

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:05 AM

Hello all,


I have recently sent some film tests (Fuji Eterna 250D, 35mm) to a lab abroad and the people in DHL just told me that the film might have gone through X-ray inspection despite my requests.
Because I have heard very ambiguous opinions regarding the impact of X-ray on undeveloped film that is under 500ASA, I just wanted to get your opinion about this.

Do you think there is absolutely no use developing and testing this X-ray'd stock, or is it possible the film was not affected?

Its simply that I have no first hand experience with this matter.


Thanks.

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#2 Brian Pritchard

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 09:26 AM

It really depends on how it was X-rayed. Freight X-rays can be more powerful than the normal passenger scanners. I had still film x-rayed 8 times in China without any visible effect.

If you are happy to pay for the processing I would take the chance and have it developed. At the worst you will see what the effect of the x-rays are, at the best you I'll have your test.
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#3 Daniel Miler

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:06 AM

Thanks Brian

The lab technician also told me the same, that there is usually no damage, but unfortunately he just now emailed me that the material suffers from horizontal type X-ray damage.
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Posted 17 December 2012 - 05:53 AM

It doesn't help you today, but I wonder if you have a claim against DHL for not following your instructions.
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#5 Daniel Miler

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:19 PM

It doesn't help you today, but I wonder if you have a claim against DHL for not following your instructions.


I am checking that out right now,
they seem mighty capable of evading the responsibility though.

Any recommendations for carriers that can assure no X-raying ?
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